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Indians' Corey Kulber isn't worried about contract extension
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

With the Indians considering giving pitcher Corey Kluber a contract extension, Kluber said the only thing on his mind is performing well, reports Newsradio WTAM 1100.

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Astros' Luis Cruz making progress from hand injury
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Astros pitcher Luis Cruz said his injured hand is making progress, reports MLB.com.

"It's better," Cruz said. "I threw today and maybe tomorrow in bullpen. I'll be ready for games."

Cruz injured the hand while fielding ground balls Friday.

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Astros leaning toward Collin McHugh to open spring training
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Astros are leaning toward pitcher Collin McHugh as their starter for the opening of spring training, reports The Houston Chronicle.

"It's trending toward Collin McHugh starting that first game and getting our pitching lined up," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody should pitch in the next four or five games, so [pitching coach Brent Strom] and I are putting that list together. He's got another live BP, so that's why I hesitate to put it in pen. But right now we're planning on seeing him early."

However, Hinch indicated the starter for Opening Day has not been determined.

"Truthfully, I mean, that and even who throws game one of the regular season — game one of the regular season's a little more kind of like a nod to more what you did in the past year, usually," he said. "But, yeah, all five of us are going to get a chance somewhere through the rotation. It's just where we fall."

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Rays move pitcher Mike Montgomery to bullpen
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Rays moved pitcher Mike Montgomery to the bullpen, reports The Tampa Tribune.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said the move will allow Montgomery to have a bigger impact on the team and Montgomery did not object to the move.

"As a player, I want to make myself as valuable as I can," he said.

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Mets' Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson to split time in right field
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

In order to see which player is the better fit, Mets manager Terry Collins said outfielders Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson will split time in right field during spring training, reports the New York Daily News.

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Yankees to start Warren, Eovaldi, Rogers during first three games
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

The Yankees will open the first three games of spring training with pitchers Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi and Esmil Rogers as their starting pitchers, reports Newsday. All three are expected to compete for a fifth or sixth starting rotation spot.

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Giants' Matt Cain completes first live batting practice session
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Giants pitcher Matt Cain completed his first live batting practice session Sunday and said it felt normal, reports MLB.com.

"I felt like I was pitching today," he said.

Cain is recovering from elbow and ankle surgery, which ended his 2014 season. He is expected to make his spring debut around March 10 to March 14.

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Reds' Paul Maholm, Jason Marquis competing for rotation spot
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

If pitcher Homer Bailey is not on the Opening Day roster, Reds manager Bryan Price indicated his spot in the rotation could go to Paul Maholm or Jason Marquis, reports Cincinnati.com.

"An example would be if Homer is not able to go. If we're healthy, that means Cueto and Leake and three spots in the rotation – two that we think could potentially be filled by young pitchers in Cingrani and DeSclafani," Price said. "That to me suggests that a veteran guy in that other spot would be fairly important, someone who knows how to manage a game and has pitched in the league and has had success in the league. I think that's why guys like Jason and Paul are here."

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Mets worried about Juan Lagares' elbow
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Concerned over Juan Lagares' elbow, the Mets will monitor how Lagares' elbow reacts to spring training, reports NJ.com.

Lagares suffered an elbow sprain last season, which ended his season in September.

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Brewers' Jimmy Nelson throw live batting practice Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson threw live batting practice Sunday and reported no issues, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Nelson has been suffering from a hamstring injury, which pushed back his previous batting practice session.

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